Preparing for Aptitude Tests
Practice is the best preparation when it comes to preparing for aptitude tests so work through as many practise tests as possible. It will familiarise you with the type of questions you are likely to be asked and will give you a feel for how to solve them.
Bear in mind that these tests have challenging time limits. This means that to be successful you need to work quickly and accurately. Practicing can help you work out how fast you need to be working and what that feels like in a test situation. You ideally want to get to a position where you can immediately understand what the question is looking for and how to solve it, so that you can spend your time working out the answer rather than working out the question.
Practise tests also help you familiarise yourself with the format and how questions are presented so that you know what to expect when you access the actual test for the first time. This can help you feel comfortable and confident and is a great way of reducing any anxiety you might feel about the tests. Knowing what to expect can also reduce your response times and increase your performance.
Make sure your practice is effective – you do need to practice as much as you can but you also need to make sure you understand where and why you went wrong and learn from your mistakes.
What To Expect
You will receive a link directly from the company/testing organisation to your private email address. This normally takes 24 hours to arrive. Please confirm to your consultant that you have received the test and advise when you are planning to complete it. Once complete, advise your consultant so they can get feedback on the results. This usually takes a couple of days but varies from test to test/company to company.
Aptitude Test Top Tips
- You will get the opportunity to do a few practise sessions on the link you receive. Be aware that these tests lead straight to the actual test and we have had some candidates unsure whether they are completing the practise/actual. Rather only complete these when you are ready to sit down to do the test to get your mind in the right way of thinking. As a separate session, use the links below to do as many practise sessions as you need to.
- Take the tests at the best time of day for you. Doing them when you are frazzled or too late in the evening won’t produce the best results. The tests are designed to find out your maximum ability so make sure you are in maximum mental space i.e. you’re not tired, you have energy, you are alert and relaxed.
- Take the tests in a suitable, quiet environment. No distractions. You don’t want to be interrupted or disturbed when you’re in the zone – tell your family, partner, kids or friends to leave you alone for a specific amount of time.
- Get comfortable – get a drink, go to the toilet, have something to eat, switch the heating/air con on all before the test starts.
- Have all the tools you are allowed to hand – pen, paper, calculator etc.
- Don’t rush, take a break between the tests if you do more than one.
- Make sure you read the instructions thoroughly at the start of the test and understand exactly how long you have to complete it – if you are doing more than one, this can vary from test to test.
- Don’t get caught out spending all of your time on the first question at the expense of the rest. If you find yourself stuck on a particular question for too long, move on to the next one.